International Society for Sustainability Science (ISSS)


Agrodiversity and the MMSEA Network


Agrodiversity – encompassing  biophysical, agro-biological, management and organizational diversity – aids  rural communities in enhancing resilience and developing innovative strategies  to adapt to climate and ecosystem changes.

The Agrodiversity Project aims to  improve the understanding of the community resilience – how and why local  communities have managed and adapted to the indigenous systems in response to  global changes. The Project looks at on-the-ground realities to identify  alternative ways of enhancing the coping capacity of ethnic communities and developing  policy that impacts the diversified land use systems of the marginal regions.  Alternative livelihoods are expected to drive and expand the options and  opportunities available to meet the specific needs, challenges, and constraints  of the marginalized areas and agrarian communities, which are facing global  challenges as they seek to live in harmony with nature and to maintain  bio-cultural diversity.

The mountainous regions of mainland  Southeast Asia (MMSEA) refers to the adjoining areas between Myanmar, Thailand,  Laos, Vietnam and Southwest China, extending into Northeastern India. While MMSEA has been home to diverse  ethnic minority cultures over many centuries, it also serves as the watersheds  of the main rivers in the region, including the Mekong, the Red River, and the Salween. These factors have led to the region in becoming  a key global area of rich bio-cultural diversity, making it a world-class  biodiversity hotspot. The mountainous region of mainland Southeast Asia (MMSEA)In adapting to the ecological complexity, a variety of  traditional land use systems have been developed in MMSEA, including: shifting  cultivation; valley and terrace sedentary cultivation; horticulture;  agroforestry; agro-pastoral; and forestry systems. These land use systems have  been integrated to be compatible with the diversity of the mountain geography  and are well-suited for the different land use systems for resilience. The  diversified land use systems have been developed and propelled by local  communities and sustained by traditional knowledge, local practices and  innovations.

For more information, please visit the UNU-ISP website.

See also
University of Tokyo IR3S
The Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) aims to be as a global research and educational platform for sustainability science. 
JSPS Core-to-Core Program  
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(JSPS) provides program to build an international framework in leading-edge fields of science.
Network of Networks 
Network of Networks (NNs) is the comprehensive network linking existing networks of universities and research institutions.

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